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      If you own a swimming pool it’s going to be up to you to keeping your pool water looking great! You can achieve this by hiring a weekly pool service or taking care of it on your own. Either way, there are going to be some things you want to keep an eye on if you plan on keeping your pool water looking great! First off, you’re going to want to make sure you keep it clean and free of debris as much as possible. Any time you keep debris in your swimming pool it has the ability to stain the interior finish of the swimming pool. Second, running your filter for enough time each day is also going to be critical in keeping your pool water looking great. On average this is going to be 10 or more hours during the summertime and six or more during the winter time. Each pool will be different depending on size and amount of debris in your backyard. Third, brushing the steps/benches, water tile line, and interior finish will also be necessary to prevent staining and calcium buildup.

      After you take care of the physical work, monitoring your chemistry is also extremely important. If you want to prevent algae growth, having adequate amounts of chlorine will be vital. Typically this will be 1-3 parts per million (ppm) during the winter and 3-5 ppm during the summer. You are also going to need to monitor your pH.

      Having a high pH can cause:

      • scaling or calcium buildup on pool surfaces, waterline, and accessories
      • dull or cloudy pool water

      Having a low pH can cause:

      • eroding of the pool plaster or grouting
      • corroding of the metal pool accessories (steps/heater)
      • staining resulting from metal corrosion

      Finally, you are also going to need to monitor your Calcium Hardness (CH) levels. Depending on where you live there are many parts of the country that deals with high levels of calcium coming out of your tap water. As pool water evaporates the calcium remains in solution and builds up in concentration. As it continues to rise it will begin to scale the water tile line, the interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. If you don’t keep your calcium levels within normal limits (200-400ppm) it can be expensive to remove and it will take life off of your pool and filtration equipment.

      One way to keep it low is by using Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to not only lower CH but also TDS, and Cyanuric Acid. Using RO filtration can give you the best water quality possible and also keeps your pool water looking great! If you should have any questions in regards to this type of service, please contact us today!